The Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse (CASDA) will collaborate with community partners during October to highlight a message of nonviolence and spread awareness of local services for victims and survivors of abuse.

This year’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities will look different due to COVID-19 precautions. The nonprofit organization will use the CASDA Facebook and Instagram pages as its virtual platform. All events will be posted or uploaded to these sites and shared with the hashtag #listeningfromhome from NoMore.org.

In addition to the virtual events, CASDA staff will plant purple flags on the lawn of the Douglas County Courthouse Oct. 1 to raise awareness of domestic violence in the community. People are asked to leave their porch lights on for domestic violence victims and survivors.

CASDA's most recent statistics show that 724 domestic violence-related calls were taken by the Superior Police Department and Douglas County Sheriff's Office in 2019; 73 children were present during domestic violence incidents reported to CASDA. The nonprofit organization provided safe emergency shelter to 139 adults and 92 children, for a total of 6,226 days last year and provided domestic abuse program services to 125 individuals.

This year’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month events include the following:

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Oct. 1: Opening ceremony and mayoral proclamation.

Oct. 2: Community questions regarding domestic violence and CASDA services will be taken via Facebook and compiled for a future live question and answer session.

Oct. 4 - 10: Join a weeklong virtual holistic retreat, “Health, Help and Healing,” that includes yoga, guided mediations, deep relaxation sessions and live music.

Oct. 13: Tune in to a live Domestic Violence Awareness Month question and answer session with CASDA and Safe Haven at 1 p.m., answering questions that were submitted Oct. 2.

Oct. 16: A domestic violence presentation for students and staff takes place at 11 a.m. at Cosmetology Careers with social distancing and masks.

Oct. 17: CASDA representatives will be handing out gear and information at Tower Fit Shake Shop, 1615 Tower Ave., beginning at 9 a.m.

Oct. 19: A live interactive session at 1 p.m. takes on the questions of “Why does she stay?” and “How can you help?”

Oct. 20: An online panel on Domestic Violence Awareness Month including University of Wisconsin-Superior campus members takes place from noon to 1 p.m.

Oct. 21: Pick up tasty purple treats at Wednesday Bakery, 1202 Ogden Ave., to support CASDA and Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Oct. 22: Theresa Kelleher, a nature based life coach and storyteller from London, England, will speak live on Zoom at 1 p.m. Direct link available on the CASDA Facebook page.

Oct. 26-31: People are asked to Flood Facebook Purple by posting pictures of themselves in purple attire showing their Domestic Violence Awareness Month pride. Tag @CASDAorg, make the post public and don’t forget a hashtag; prizes provided to first, second and third place participants.

Oct. 27: Survivor stories will be posted to the CASDA Facebook page.